Naval War College of Nigeria (NWCN) has graduated 22 military officers drawn from the Navy, Army and Air Force, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
The 22 graduates, comprising 17 Naval officers, two Air Force officers, two Army officers and one Cameroonian Navy officer were participants in the `Naval Warfare Course 6′ of the College.
NAN also reports that the Naval Warfare Course 6 programme was inaugurated on March 26.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony in Calabar, Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Adm. Awwal Gambo, commended the entire Naval War College community for accomplishing the mission of the College.
Gambo, who was represented by Rear Adm. Saidu Garba, Chief of Policy and Plans, Naval Headquarters, Abuja, commended the College for producing well-trained operational level officers from the three services to add to the manpower of the Nigerian Armed Forces.
Gambo also congratulated the College for training its first foreign participant from the Cameroonian Navy, as well as hosting its first foreign Directing Staff from Pakistani Naval War College.
He noted that it was gratifying that the international standard and recognition of the College were gradually being actualised.
“It is also worthy that I congratulate the graduating participants of Naval Warfare Course 6, for weathering the storm and completing the 8 months course with flying colours.
“Our dear country is presently confronted with security challenges.
“Permit me to state that these security threats are not peculiar to Nigeria alone, it is a global issue, characterized by increased inimical actions of some state and non-state actors to destabilize sovereign states.
“Insecurity threatening the existence of Ukraine, Afghanistan, Iran and other countries around the world, underscores the need for militaries worldwide to emplace long term and robust posture to effectively conduct both regular and irregular operations.
“Sequel to this, the Armed Forces of Nigeria has been actively engaged in various operations across the 6 geopolitical zones across the country,” he said.
He added that the operations were to curb the myriads of security challenges most especially piracy within the maritime domain, insurgency in the North East, banditry and kidnappings in the North West as well as secessionist agitations in the South East.